The NFL playoffs have moved on to the next stage with the divisional rounds this weekend. Of course, there are no Seattle Seahawks still standing but there are still teams to pull for. Take your choice! Just please, no Packers.
Saturday’s matchups feature two very interesting games. The up-and-coming Bengals versus the good-every-year Titans. Tennessee should get running back Derrick Henry back but the Bengals should also have Trey Hendrickson. This game should come down to whether the Titans are able to run the ball as they want versus are the Bengals able to give Joe Burrow time to throw?
In the second game, the 49ers, who seemed to have a ton of players banged up in the Wild Card round, will have everyone available. Can they run the ball well enough against a Packers defense that was 29th in yards-allowed-per-rush (4.7) to keep Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers off the field to win a low-scoring game?
NFL Divisional Round Saturday: Staff predictions
Both games are capable of being very close or blowouts if the Packers offense can control the 49ers defense and the Titans can run the ball all day against a not-great Bengals defense.
Staff predictions for Saturday’s game
Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans
Geoff Schull: Bengals 31 Titans 28
Todd Vandenberg: Titans 33 Bengals 19
Jake Luppino: Titans 28 Bengals 24
Carson Schroer: Bengals 30 Titans 27
Andrew Bailie: Titans 28 Bengals 21
Max Downard: Titans 34 Bengals 27
Lee Vowell: Titans 31 Bengals 27
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
Geoff Schull: Packers 21 49ers 17
Todd Vandenberg: Packers 41 49ers 17
Jake Luppino: Packers 30 49ers 23
Carson Schroer: Packers 24 49ers 13
Andrew Bailie: Packers 28 49ers 14
Max Downard: Packers 28 49ers 24
Lee Vowell: 49ers 24 Packers 22